Welcome to Los Angeles, the city with the infamous fitness scene. If you’re a seasoned gym bunny, dedicated yogi, or want to start working out, a gym membership is a must. Crunching the numbers on the costs of taking casual classes versus membership reveals the value. Your bank balance and your body will be better off with a longer-term fitness investment.
The greatest wealth is health. Whatever work goals you’re pursuing, the capacity to earn is dependent on your health.
Make exercise a priority for longevity, more energy, increased self-esteem, and better sleep. Not every city is at the cutting-edge of the fitness scene. It’s worth taking advantage of L.A.’s active opportunities and trying all the different ways to work out.
Exercise has social benefits, too. Meeting others through fitness classes and activities makes you part of a community. Regular exercise can also reduce anxiety and depression.
Moving your body and boosting endorphins through working out can be a fun way to switch off from work. Here’s some gymspiration in the best gyms and memberships in Los Angeles right now.
Equinoxis one of L.A’s most iconic chains of fitness clubs. They have 22 SoCal fitness locations from Downtown to Glendale.
All in all, their group fitness classes offer a dynamic timetable of specialized workouts. World-class personal trainers whip bodies into shape, with optional sleep coaching sessions. Classes include dance-inspired cardio and music-fuelled indoor cycling.
The top-notch chain is also known for its luxury perks. Kiehl’s hair and body products and full-size towels make a post-workout well deserved.
Membership ranges start from $210 per month, highlights include:
A complimentary personal training session
25% off your first treatment at The Spa onsite
Access to the Equinox App to hold you accountable for your goals
2. Y7 Silver lake
Y7 Silver Lake is the new flagship yoga studio in the heart of this hip neighborhood. The yoga comes with the twist of heated studios, classes choreographed to music, and candlelit practice.
Equipped with indoor and outdoor space, yogis can shower inside or outside with Malin+Goetz products.
All levels are welcome at this inclusive studio with a “do what you can” philosophy. With all-access membership, you can join the tribe called sweat with unlimited classes at all Y7 studios. Experience Y7’s signature yoga style at their other studio in West Hollywood or branches in NYC.
Membership is $179 per month for ‘all-access’, highlights include:
10% off workshops
Open-Aire refresh station
The Crunchexperience comes with an awesome range of classes, state-of-the-art gym equipment, and certified trainers. Put the fun into fitness with moving and shaking at an ‘energy ride’ spin class or pole fitness session. Find fast-paced fitness at their HIITZone that delivers results-driven interval training.
All in all, their most popular membership package is the ‘All Crunch’ option, which unlocks access to all other branches and includes the group fitness classes, steam room, and Rituals products.
In L.A. their most central studio is on Sunset.
Annual monthly membership is $130, highlights include:
Crunch live workout videos
Online class reservations
Full-service locker rooms
4. Easton Gym
If you’re looking to get fit with the flexibility of month-to-month membership Easton Gym offers the ideal fitness solution for short stays.
The small neighborhood gym in Hollywood that opened its doors in 1938 has a retro-feel with a no-nonsense approach to working out. Its die-hard members are dedicated to no-frills Bootcamp and Cardio-Kickboxing classes. An equal determination is shown on the gym floor that features premium strength and cardio equipment.
Membership rates include weekly, monthly, and yearly options.
A one-month membership is $125, highlights include:
Complementary health screening
New locker rooms complete with sauna
Unlimited group fitness classes
Rooftop sundeck access
Busy people can break out a sweat at this gym with fast-paced workouts designed to get you in and out within an hour.
Above all, Basecamp runs small 35 minute classes all day long so you can train whenever it suits. Their West Hollywood center offers class levels for beginners, experienced and advanced to let you train at your highest intensity.
A drop-in class is $32.99, so the membership options for class passes offer bulk savings. If you drive, there are three convenient parking options nearby the studio.
The Climb membership is $179.99 per month, highlights include:
8 classes per month
Scheduled hourly classes
Work out at home
What could make it easier to work out than having the option to work out at home? Short stay apartments are often located in new buildings with fitness centers on-site.
Residents in apartments here can stay fit and fresh with an on-site 24-hour fitness center and swimming pool. You won’t have to go far to unwind with a spa and sundeck at your service.
Enjoy the luxury of sunlight workouts at the state-of-the-art residents’ gym at The Emerson building in Downtown L.A. The fitness and wellness amenities here extend to a yoga studio with floor-to-ceiling windows and an outdoor pool with a jacuzzi.
A quiet library with a coffee station is the perfect spot for some post-work-out peace in private.
Outdoor fitness options
Living in Los Angeles offers unparalleled opportunities to get fit outside.
The best outdoor workout spots in L.A. are a breath of fresh air from beaches to mountains. Spice up your workout routine with some of the coolest outdoor workout activities.
Biking The Strand
Bike by the Californian coast along the 22 miles of smooth concrete paths on The Strand. Take in L.A.’s beach communities on the way and take a pit stop at Santa Monica Pier or pedal past a plethora of Los Angeles’ coastal landmarks.
The most iconic outdoor gym in L.A. has to be Muscle Beach in Venice Beach. It was once home to bodybuilding royalty including Arnold Schwarzenegger. It’s the place to pump iron and parade around. Work out with weights by day ($10), week ($50) or year ($170).
Hiking in Griffith Park
You can’t go wrong with a quintessential Los Angeles hiking experience.
There are plenty of hidden gems to hike in, including Griffith Park. Hike the Hollywood sign to the Griffith Park Observatory and beyond on one of the beautiful hiking trails – moderate to mountain high – for the urban escape in the city.